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[ree-bild] /riˈbɪld/
verb (used with object), rebuilt or (Archaic) rebuilded; rebuilding.
to repair, especially to dismantle and reassemble with new parts:
to rebuild an old car.
to replace, restrengthen, or reinforce:
to rebuild an army.
to revise, reshape, or reorganize:
to rebuild a shattered career.
verb (used without object), rebuilt or (Archaic) rebuilded; rebuilding.
to build again or afresh:
With the insurance money we can rebuild.
Origin of rebuild
First recorded in 1605-15; re- + build
Related forms
rebuildable, adjective
rebuildability, noun
rebuilder, noun
unrebuilt, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They'll never grab any more Pictish land, any more than they'll ever rebuild Venarium.

    Beyond the Black River Robert E. Howard
  • What a retribution if, after all, it should be Martin whose fate it was to rebuild the wall!

    The Wall Between Sara Ware Bassett
  • Bishop Maurice began to rebuild the church in the following year, but it was two hundred years before it was completed.

    London Walter Besant
  • It was necessary to pull down and rebuild the wings, as they had no cellars.

    A Portrait of Old George Town Grace Dunlop Ecker
  • But on the following morning the rebels had retreated, leaving us to rebuild the bridge and cross at our leisure.

    Three Years in the Sixth Corps George T. Stevens
British Dictionary definitions for rebuild


verb -builds, -building, -built
to make, construct, or form again: the cost of rebuilding the house
(transitive) to restore (a system or situation) to a previous condition: his struggle to rebuild his life
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Word Origin and History for rebuild

c.1600 (implied in rebuilding), from re- "back, again" + build (v.). Related: Rebuilt.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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